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Why popular foods are missing from shelves everywhere

Butter is a staple in British kitchens used in large quantities, not only smeared on bread but also in the country’s beloved cakes and biscuits. However, due to a continued shortage of foreign labor after Brexit, the golden yellow spread is missing from many store shelves. Dairy cooperative Arla Foods, which makes several brands of butter, has blamed a ‘chronic shortage of skilled farm workers’ for ‘undermining our food security’ and impacting the availability and soaring prices of butter and produce. dairy.

A kilo of its Lurpak-branded butter sold for nearly $12 in July, down from around $8 in previous months, with UK tabloids and social media joking about swapping a block of butter for homes or businesses. cars, and call the government to “nationalize Lurpak”.

Liz Oughton, a baker from central England, told the Washington Post that she regularly visits several supermarkets to look for the lowest prices and has switched to an oil-based spread to its cookies, because of the “astronomical rise” in the cost of butter. .

“I get quite anxious every time I shop because the prices seem to go up so quickly,” said Oughton, founder of Bostin Bakery, famous for his Cherry Bakewell – a cookie made from marzipan, almond and cherries. “I’m doing my best not to raise our prices because I know everyone is feeling the pressure, including our customers.”

Margarita W. Wilson

The author Margarita W. Wilson